Wednesday, 6 July 2022 – 14:07

Controversial No-Deal firm loses contract

Controversial Ferry firm, Seabourne, has lost its £14m no-deal Brexit contract. The contract prompted criticism as the freight firm has never run a Channel service, nor does it have any Ferries. 

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s decision to award Seaborne Freight a contract worth £13.8 million prompted widespread criticism.

However, the Department for Transport has cancelled this controversial no-deal Brexit ferry contract awarded and said it had decided to terminate the contract after Irish company Arklow Shipping, which had backed Seaborne Freight, stepped away from the deal.

A spokeswoman from the DfT said: “Following the decision of Seaborne Freight’s backer, Arklow Shipping, to step back from the deal, it became clear Seaborne would not reach its contractual requirements with the Government. We have therefore decided to terminate our agreement.” The original contract was part of the government’s preparations in light of the increasing likelihood of a No-Deal outcome. It was one of three firms awarded contracts totalling £108 million in late December to lay on additional crossings to ease the pressure on Dover when Britain leaves the EU, despite having never run a Channel service. 

The Department added that no taxpayer money had been transferred to the company.

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